Lanthanides with Unusually Low Oxidation States in the PrB and PrB Boride Clusters.

Author(s) Chen, X.; Chen, T.T.; Li, W.L.; Lu, J.B.; Zhao, L.J.; Jian, T.; Hu, H.S.; Wang, L.S.; Li, J.
Journal Inorg Chem
Date Published 2019 Jan 07
Abstract

Lanthanide elements typically exhibit a +III oxidation state (OS) in chemical compounds with a few in +IV or even +V OS. Although lanthanides with +II OS have been observed recently in organometallic compounds, +I OS is extremely rare. Using a joint photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum theoretical study, we have found two low OS lanthanides in doped boron clusters, PrB and PrB. These two clusters are shown to have planar structures, in which the Pr atom is bonded to the aromatic boron clusters via two Pr-B σ bonds. Chemical bonding and electronic structure analyses reveal that the Pr atom is in a very low OS in the two boride clusters: +II in PrB and +I in PrB. The current finding suggests that there should exist a whole class of boride complexes featuring rather low-valent lanthanides and expands the frontier of lanthanide chemistry.

DOI 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b02572
ISSN 1520-510X
Citation Chen X, Chen T-, Li W-, Lu J-, Zhao L-, Jian T, et al. Lanthanides with Unusually Low Oxidation States in the PrB and PrB Boride Clusters. Inorg Chem. 2019;58(1):411-418.

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